Over the years, many of the school districts we serve, as well as our employees, have shared positive feedback about our organization. It’s a great source of pride to know that we’re recognized for what we’ve set out to do – deliver quality, ensure results, and make things less complicated for districts and employees alike.

District Partners

“We first began working with ESS when our division was going through challenging budget times. They were nothing but kind and patient, taking the time to listen to our concerns. We had some very hard decisions to make, but they were always available to answer questions and to calculate the cost of doing things another way. They are a company of integrity and great caring, and I would gladly work with them again.”

Mid-Atlantic United States - Operations & Support

“I’ve worked in five school districts over the years. Without any hesitation, I can say that ESS is the most effective service I’ve used to provide continuity and consistency of instruction when paraprofessionals or teachers are absent from class. ESS sends representatives to our district regularly to confer about the district’s concerns, if any such arise. They are a highly professional service.”

New Jersey - Superintendent

“Since our partnership began in 2009, ESS has always been responsive, efficient, and dedicated to meeting our district’s every need. They consistently deliver high fill rates throughout the school year and work diligently to address our hardest-to-fill vacancies. ESS opens us up to a broad audience of recent college graduates from a greater geographic area than we could ever approach – several of whom we’ve hired permanently. We’re also very pleased with the close working relationship the management team has developed with our administration; they work collaboratively to solve any issue throughout the district. I would recommend ESS to any district looking to outsource their substitute services.”

New Jersey - Superintendent

“We began working with ESS when our district was undergoing tremendous challenges. They not only provided a financial solution to part of our challenges, but far more importantly, made good on every promise, helping to calm a worried staff. I have found in subsequent dealings, they stick to their word, are innovative in finding solutions that make for a win-win environment, and they truly care. I strongly recommend ESS; they’re outstanding.”

Northwest United States - Chief Deputy Superintendent

“I’ve had a great year thus far with the ESS staff. They have been extremely helpful and efficient, are willing to answer all my questions immediately, and have sent me up-to-date information whenever I request it. All our absences have been filled – even the last-minute ones! The team is dedicated to the schools they service!”

Rhode Island - Principal

“ESS leadership brings more than three decades of experience working with school districts in various capacities. Their VP of Operations has spent the past ten years working specifically with substitute teacher staffing. We think they’re a great fit for our district and we’re looking forward to the transition.”

South Central United States - Director of Schools

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with ESS over the last 3 years. I found that they build great professional relationships with our staff; they’re dedicated to helping us achieve our goals, and making sure our school system is successful. In my 30 years in education, I have never worked with a company that truly cared about their customers’ wellbeing, as well as our school system’s success, more than ESS has! I would recommend working with them as I believe they will help your school system as they have ours.”

Southeastern United States - Assistant Superintendent

“Our partnership has benefited greatly from ESS’ streamlined processes, expansive substitute pool, and responsive management team. We have experienced a notable improvement in our substitute and paraprofessional programs through increases in substitute placement efficiency, quality paraprofessionals, as well as a rise in our daily fill rates. The substitute and paraprofessional staff have been a pleasure to work with and ESS has always gone above and beyond to support our district.”

Southern New Jersey - Superintendent

“As a superintendent, I had the pleasure of working with ESS when they took on a contract agreement with our schools. My goal was to take the time and energy we were expending on human resources for this department and to partner with a reputable company who could take over those duties, while increasing the quality of services. In addition, I wanted to save dollars. The team we worked with always made sure our questions were answered, and in timely fashion. I believe you’ll find them to be a great partner – they’ll do everything they say they will. By the off chance there is ever a problem, they’re only a phone call away and will quickly rectify any issue.”

Southwest United States - Superintendent

“I worked with ESS while serving as a Division Superintendent in Virginia. I found them to be very responsive to my requests and quick to follow-up if I had questions or needed more information about a situation. They were supportive of our needs and appreciated the complexities of running a school division. Their team listened to what we needed, developed strategies to accomplish those objectives, and implemented and followed-through with a plan. They stick to their word and look out for the best interests of their customers. An organization cannot go wrong if they partner with ESS.”

Virginia - Superintendent

“Tomorrow our teachers are in day 2 of their COMP workshop, and we will have 18 teachers out for that purpose. ESS has been in frequent communication with my secretary and has worked very hard to get all openings filled. They’ve done a great job.”

Western Pennsylvania - Principal
Job Seekers

Allison Pflugh, 24, is currently a long-term third-grade teacher’s assistant. Allison earned a B.S. in elementary education and women and gender studies. “I learned about ESS during college while I was student teaching, and the teacher I worked with suggested I apply. After graduating and moving back home, I found that a local school district participated in ESS, and I began receiving calls for subbing jobs, including a long-term, two-month position as a teacher’s assistant. In the beginning of this school year, two more local school districts signed-up with ESS, so it widened the pool of available jobs. After taking several long-term positions, I became pretty well-established and got to know many of the teachers and administrators. I’ve even been fortunate enough to be requested by teachers when they know they’ll be out.”

With a passion for education, Allison has found that her experience through ESS has helped shape her teaching style as she begins her career. “Being able to work in a classroom has helped me grow as a future educator. Working in different districts through ESS has helped me decide where I want to be, as well as helped me to become familiar with the curriculum, find my strengths and weaknesses and feel more comfortable with what schools are doing in the area in which I want to work. Working with ESS has helped me get my feet wet and figure out which kind of teaching styles I want to implement in my classroom in the near future.”

Certified Teacher's Assistant

Lindsay Radziak, 27, is currently a long-term high school AP/Honors English teacher. Certified to teach K-12, Lindsay earned a B.A. in English and Education. “I had been pretty successful finding long-term substitute positions where I did my practicum and student teaching, but after I got married and moved in 2010, I knew I needed help. So I turned my attention to the Internet and found ESS. I applied, knowing this could help my networking and outreach efforts, and I was placed in a long-term position in a high school teaching English and drama. Brian Engle, regional manager for ESS, visited my AP/Honors English classroom the other day. He said he saw my passion for teaching and offered to help me any way he can. He knows I am ultimately looking for a permanent position and I know ESS likes to advocate on behalf of their substitute employees who are seeking full-time work.”

Lindsay credits her passion for teaching to her third-grade teacher, who was also her neighbor. “Her enthusiasm for teaching made me want to become a teacher. She knew how to mix learning with fun. I knew when I went to college that I wanted to become a teacher. I also knew that I was going to graduate in the midst of an extremely tough economic time, and that’s why I turned to long-term substitute teaching. I knew I could gain experience while increasing my network. I believe working with ESS will help me obtain my goal of obtaining a permanent position. I love teaching and using my knowledge and passion for teaching to help today’s students be successful. With the help of ESS, I know I will find a position that is right for me.”

Long-Term Substitute

Having worked as a full-time teacher for 34 years, Ellen Kuenyl, who is now an elementary school substitute teacher, has seen first-hand how ESS has benefited school districts. “From what I see in the elementary schools, ESS has been very good. When a teacher is absent, I very rarely see classes that are not covered by a substitute or that have to be covered by other teachers – that used to occur frequently.”

Ellen has seen the personal benefits of working with ESS, as well. “I’m completely satisfied with the services I’ve received from ESS. The staff is wonderful – I can’t give them higher praise for their politeness, cooperation and interest. I typically work four or five days a week, and I’ve done a number of long-term subbing jobs for teachers on maternity leave. I signed-up with ESS the very first day the company introduced itself to our school district. I’m able to choose my own jobs and my own schedule. With seven children, 21 grandchildren and a husband in physical rehabilitation therapy, I like the flexibility that subbing affords. I intend to continue subbing as long as I’m able. It’s the best of both worlds: I have the flexibility I need and can continue doing what I love – teaching.”

Substitute Teacher

Michelle Ems, 31, is a third-grade teacher’s assistant. “I’ve been teaching for about 12 years, from pre-school to elementary school classes. Working with ESS has been one of the best experiences because I can work in a classroom with a teacher, help with lesson plans and teach students. I have a 10-year-old son, so between caring for him and working toward completing my bachelor’s degree in elementary education, ESS helps me maintain balance and a consistent schedule.”

Michelle also takes her lessons out of the classroom and onto the field. As a softball coach, she is able to select the players on her team and often chooses girls whom she has taught.

And Michelle has found a way to connect with her students even beyond the playing field. “I go to concerts all the time. In fact, I’ve been to probably 150-175 concerts. When I tell the kids that, they go crazy. They especially love that I listen to Justin Bieber and One Direction relating to them on that kind of level keeps them interested. Sometimes you have to act like a third-grader to hang with the third-graders.”

Teacher's Assistant

Brittany Alexander, 24, is a transportation assistant for elementary school students. “I’ve always wanted to work with children, so being around kids as a bus aide is great experience, especially as I prepare for a career in pediatric nursing. I help students on the bus, teach them to fasten their seatbelts and maintain order. We have several special-needs students on the bus, so I also help them. It’s rewarding to see their progress.”

With a degree in psychology, Brittany also holds a substitute teacher certification and is going back to school for nursing. She has found that ESS works with her busy and fluctuating schedule. “I started working with ESS as a substitute transportation assistant while I was in college. With my class schedule changing each semester, it was comforting to know that ESS would work with me to accommodate my availability. I know that I’ll be able to continue working with them, even as I begin nursing school. I’ve found that a lot of employers say they’re flexible but don’t follow through. ESS is the exception – they have worked with me every step of the way.”

Transportation Assistant
Permanent Employees
Substitute Employees

“ESS is a great company to work for. They care about their employees and truly work for their customers. I also love that the company supports education. ESS is a great company to join and is growing very quickly.”

Current Employee - Substitute Employee

“The systems for subbing through ESS are centralized and streamlined, which makes working with them really great. They have an easy to use central database of openings and do a good job of placing teachers in jobs that suit them.”

Former Employee

“ESS is the best substitute teaching firm to work for. They have good school district choices, the work access is top-notch, and they use easily accessible technology. Their communication with employees is exceptional; they respond to emails and phone calls within a reasonable time limit.”

New Jersey - Current Substitute Teacher

“They go out of their way to make sure that you always have quality work. They always go above and beyond to ensure their employees are satisfied.”

New Jersey - Permanent Employee

“The ESS staff is incredibly friendly. They value you as a person and an employee. They truly want you to have a positive work experience. I felt more than comfortable going to someone whenever I had an issue, knowing that it would be resolved. They also keep you on file for as long as you want. I took an 8 month break from subbing, and the day I wanted to go back to work all I needed to do was log onto the computer.”

Pennsylvania - Substitute Teacher

“ESS is a great company with supportive management, awesome colleagues, and terrific hours. I love going to different schools and meeting new students.”

Rhode Island - Substitute Teacher
Partners & Vendors

“I’ve had the pleasure of association with Buddy Helton and many of his executive leadership team in the education industry for over 15 years. They are personable and dedicated to their customers’ satisfaction, and they work as partners to meet the needs of school districts. They hire a strong team of employees that provide excellent service, and they are very reliable and dependable. I can highly recommend ESS with confidence. Any organization with whom they partner will be very pleased with their customer-focused performance.”

South Central United States - Chief Operating Officer

“The vice president of operations at ESS successfully managed programs with large and small school districts, overseeing the substitute teacher outsourcing program. They developed a project team concept to ensure districts experienced smooth transitions and worked to streamline processes for the client and substitute workforce. This resulted in highly satisfied school district clients who renewed contracts for multiple years.”

South Central United States - Chief Operating Officer

“Over the last several years I have had a professional relationship with various members of ESS’ leadership team. I have always found the company and its employees to be true partners in producing the desired results for my school division and its citizenry. They have always been fair and honest in our endeavors. Without reservation, I recommend them and the services they provide.”

Southeast United States - Executive Director of Finance & Operations